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What strong principal training entails, weaknesses in current training, and the role of district and state policy in changing the picture.
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Principals in the Pipeline: Districts Construct a Framework to Develop School Leadership ›
How does a school district set up a pipeline of effective principals? This article describes four key actions.
The Making of the Principal: Five Lessons in Leadership Training ›
describes essential steps in improving training for future principals and those new to the job.
NASBE Discussion Guide: School Leadership: Improving State Systems for Leader Development ›
This set of tools is designed to help state boards of education identify ways to improve school leadership.
Quality Measures: Principal Preparation Program Assessment ›
This assessment kit can help those who run principal preparation programs evaluate the quality of the training offered.
Districts Developing Leaders: Lessons on Consumer Actions and Program Approaches from Eight Urban Districts ›
What happens when urban school districts set out to improve principal training by flexing their consumer muscle? This report finds out.
The New York City Aspiring Principals Program: A School-Level Evaluation ›
A study compares student achievement in schools led by principals from the NYC Leadership Academy with similar schools led by others.
The Principal Story ›
A critically-acclaimed PBS documentary is paired with specially-prepared materials to help users promote excellence in school leadership.
SREB Leadership Curriculum Modules: Professional Learning Framework and Module Summaries ›
This guide summarizes innovative training modules developed by the Southern Regional Education Board for school leadership preparation programs.
Becoming a Leader: Preparing Principals for Today’s Schools ›
Drawing on research and work in states and districts, this Wallace-written report describes steps to address longstanding weaknesses in principal training.
A Better Pipeline to the Principalship ›
Atlanta grows its own school leaders through an innovative district training program.
Good Principals Aren’t Born — They’re Mentored: Are We Investing Enough to Get the School Leaders We Need? ›
The Southern Regional Education Board examines the “sad state” of many principal mentoring programs and proposes university and district actions to address weaknesses.
Preparing School Leaders for a Changing World: Lessons from Exemplary Leadership Development Programs – Final Report ›
A groundbreaking report provides case studies and practical guidelines to help district and state policymakers reinvent how principals are prepared for their jobs.
A Wallace Perspective: Getting Principal Mentoring Right: Lessons from the Field ›
This Wallace report analyzes common strengths and shortcomings of principal mentoring programs and offers guidelines on how they might be improved.
Schools Can’t Wait: Accelerating the Redesign of University Principal Preparation Programs ›
The Southern Regional Education Board examines how states can take a more active role in improving university training programs for school leaders.
Developing Successful Principals: Review of Research ›
Researchers look at a variety of principal-training programs, examine their strengths and weaknesses, and discuss how they can be improved.
The Principal Internship: How Can We Get It Right? ›
The Southern Regional Education Board evaluates 60 principal internship programs and recommends how they can be better linked to current job demands.
Making Sense of Leading Schools: A Study of the School
This report shows why a “one-size-fits-all” view of leadership training and methods does a disservice to both principals and their schools.
Good Principals Are The Key to Successful Schools: Six Strategies to Prepare More Good Principals ›
The Southern Regional Education Board recommends changes in principal training and certification to better cultivate effective leaders.
Universities in the Lead: Redesigning Leadership Preparation for Student Achievement ›
The Southern Regional Education Board looks at how universities and districts can work together to redesign principal-training programs.
SREB Leadership Initiative: Creating Effective Principals Who Can Improve the Region's Schools and Influence Student Achievement ›
The Southern Regional Education Board examines the role of state leadership academies and universities in preparing effective school leaders.
Preparing a New Breed of School Principals: It's Time for Action ›
This report identifies 12 characteristics of effective principals and suggests ways to cultivate high-quality leaders.
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